CESI Monitoring Project 97-1
By 1997, seven species of breeding birds historically present in the pine rocklands of south Florida had been locally extirpated. These losses were generally attributed to a continued fragmentation and conversion of habitat, degradation of existing habitat, and effects associated with small populations.
Everglades National Park hosts the largest contiguous remnant parcel of pine rockland habitat in south Florida. Forest maturation and relatively recent advances in fire management were believed to yield areas hospitable to the reintroduction of select species. During 1997-2001, populations of both the Brown-headed Nuthatch and the Eastern Bluebird were reintroduced in the area of Long Pine Key. This two-year post-reintroduction study offers a detailed assessment of these efforts, and provides important insights for additional reintroductions in the future.
Contact the principal investigator directly with questions about this study.
Pine Rockland, Everglades, Birds, Gary Slater, Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, Eastern Bluebird, Sialia sialis, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla, Reintroduction
Did You Know?
Everglades National Park protects the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. The wilderness area is named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas who was instrumental in creating the park, and who coined the phrase "River of Grass."